What’s New for the 2017 VW Beetle

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Beetle on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 3:51 pm
Differences Between 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

Differences Between 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen may offer a lot of great models, but when people think of VW, one of the first cars they likely think of is the iconic Beetle. As we enter the 2017 model year, drivers will need to know the differences between the 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. Thankfully, we have all the information you need to know.

The Beetle remains largely unchanged for 2017 compared to the 2016 model year. You’ll still find the same features you love, but with some exterior design upgrades. All 1.8T Beetle models for 2017 have more aggressive-looking bumpers that are reminiscent of the 2.0T Beetle R-Line trims from 2016.

Though the regular Beetle coupe and Beetle convertible models don’t change a whole lot, there are some noteworthy additions to the lineup. Believe it or not, shopping for a Beetle is now even more fun.

2017 Limited Edition Pink VW Beetle

Volkswagen has revealed a new Beetle model known as the #PinkBeetle. The #PinkBeetle is limited edition, so if you’re someone who has been waiting to be able to get this iconic car in pink, now could be your chance.

2017 vw pink beetle paint color
seat design color in the 2017 vw pink beetle

The model will be offered in a Fresh Fuchsia Metallic paint color with contrasting black door mirrors and black running boards. Inside you’ll find many of the same features you love, but with pink accents and Pink club cloth seats similar to the Clark plaid seats in the Golf GTI.

Learn more about the 2017 #PinkBeetle

2017 Beetle Classic Features and Specs

In addition, Volkswagen is bringing back the Beetle Classic model. If you’re looking for a flash from the past when getting a new VW Bug, then this is the way to do it.

2017 vw beetle convertible dune exterior designIn addition to the same features found in the 2016 model year, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a touchscreen infotainment screen, the model features 17-inch “Circle” aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, leather-wrapped shift knob and a handbrake lever. The model will also be available in some exciting colors we can’t wait to see: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Dark Bronze, Platinum Gray, Bottle Green and Silk Blue.

[Related: Check out the off-road look delivered by the Beetle Dune]

Lastly, although not exactly new for 2017, this is the first full model year for the rugged, off road-looking Beetle Dune. The model is finally available as a convertible as well. As you can see, although the differences between the 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Beetle are limited mostly to redesigned bumpers, there are now even more models available to you to enhance your VW experience. To learn more, be sure to contact us at Neftin Volkswagen.

26 Responses to “What’s New for the 2017 VW Beetle”

  1. Grace Azevedo says:

    Please tell me that a person has the option for a manual transmission on the 2017 beetles.

  2. Norman McDonald says:

    Don’t all 2017 Beetles now also have the gorgeous rear spoiler?

  3. MIKE DEAN says:

    I will buy another beetle if you will expedite my dsl recall $.You have stalled long enough. Your forms and crap are a stall tactic. Give me my money!!!!

  4. kathleen biederstadt says:

    No manual transmission?? Why? Thats part of the reason I get volkswagens..

  5. Bill Allen says:

    I’m very interested in the bottle green bug. But if the 2017’s don’t have a manual transmission, then forget the whole project. I will look elsewhere. I hate automatics. Are you kidding me? How can a VW bug not have a stick-shift! Somebody please tell me that I’m mistaken about this. Or maybe they will come out a little later in 2017. I will REALLY be pissed off at VW if the 2017 beetle has no manual transmission.

  6. CM MiamiHabaneroBeetle says:

    I just got a 2017 Habanero Orange Metallic Bug Convertible and LOVE her! Had 2014 TDI and loved her too!

  7. Catherine says:

    Have had 3 New Beetles over the years. Will only get a 4th if it is manual transmission.

  8. Bill Allen says:

    VW, please make a bug with a manual transmission again. I’m waiting to trade in my TDI, but I’m really considering the new Chevy Cruze diesel manual transmission…unless VW will change its mind and put a stick shift in the beetle. I will wait until the end of this year just in case VW changes its mind to reconsider the transmission. It would be an absolute travesty to not create a VW bug that has a manual transmission. I’ll take either a habanero, red or white. Just make it so I can move my own gears please!!!

  9. Allen Bentley says:

    Is the 1.8 L engine all that is offered? 170 hp doesn’t seem adequate for todays driving needs. Manual trans addition would be a good idea too.

  10. Brent Roth says:

    A Beetle without manual transmission is NOT a Beetle. How many buyers will VW lose by offering only automatic?
    I’m one.

    • Denise says:

      I will have to go to a jeep or mini cooper. I really wanted a vw beetle. That is crazy, the beetle should definitely come with the option of manual transmission. A convertible with manual, what more could you ask for????

  11. Disa says:

    Another vote from a consumer disappointed about the transmission. I was considering the special order R-Line. Not even THAT comes in manual for 2017? Tsk. Tsk. If 2018 doesn’t make up for this, I’ll set my sights elsewhere.

  12. Bernard says:

    I can’t drive manual because of my disability. I have a bottle green beetle and it is the best car I ever owned. It is a wonderful car. I recommend it.

  13. Panfilo fuentes says:

    No manual trans no beatle

  14. Barbara says:

    Agree, I have no interest in a new VW beetle if it isn’t offered in manual transmission. What a huge disappointment!

    • Dennis says:

      I agree. I would like to replace my manual Bug someday with a newer Bug. But I will get get a car from a different company if VW only offers Bugs with automatic transmissions!

  15. Barbara says:

    I am in the market to buy a new car, but I will not buy a VW beetle if does not have a manual transmission. Is that going to change? Otherwise I need to look at a new line of cars.

  16. Maria Benjamin says:

    I’ve been driving a Jetta with manual transmission for over 20 years, got the GLI a year and 1/2 ago with manual transmission, but it’s too big. Would like to trade it in for the new Beetle R-Line BUT I won’t if it’s just offered in automatic. WHY WOULD VW ONLY OFFER THE BEETLE IN AUTOMATIC???

  17. Jose Bisquerra says:

    Please make the manual transmission available!!! Even if it is a special order. Half of owning a VW is the funny in driving, As good as the automatic transmissions have become they still can’t touch the interaction of man and car in a manual transmission VW.
    To the leaders at VW, don’t fall into the trap the other auto companies have fallen into, be better! Offer the manual transmission in all your vehicles. There are still thousands of us whom still seek the fun in driving. Let Volkswagen be the automobile company that answers our prayers.

  18. Andrew Mahlecke says:

    I really hope the people at VW see this. I recently came in to some money, ive always wanted to special order a top of the line Beetle and decal it out Herbie style. However no manual transmission = dream dead. Please don’t kill an icon

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  20. Mike says:

    No stick in the Beetle means I have to consider a Mini or other fun looking car with a stick. Maybe 2018 model year will have a stick

  21. Ingrid says:

    What is so wonderful about manual transmission? The clutch just needs to be replaced ugh. I have a 2016 Beetle in black which I love, but this color car sure attracts the bug splatters for some reason It can drive automatic, and also manual or so I was told by the dealer, but I’ve never tried the manual mode. I think I will be a Beetle person for the rest of my life, just the most fun car to drive. I love the new blue color it comes in now. And I love the checked interior. All around a super and original car. I recall a friend had an original bug in the 70’s and it was manual and only went about 40 mph, everyone was honking at us, so funny.

  22. David Littman says:

    I too was considering a new beetle to replace my 2009 beetle, but without the option of a manual transmission, I will just hold on to my 09.

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